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Mapping the Fires in the Western U.S.
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Mapping the Fires in the Western U.S.

As wildfires ignite, shift, and are eventually extinguished, NOAA’s satellites are providing round-the-clock monitoring of wildfire locations and intensities. This image shows some of the 11,365 wildfire targets identified by NOAA and NASA satellites from August 10-15, 2012 over North America. Each tiny red pixel represents one fire target detected over those 144 hours. The infrared sensors on the GOES, POES, Aqua/Terra, and Suomi NPP satellites can detect the heat emitted by wildfires and map their locations with greater than 1 kilometer accuracy.

 
Technical Requirements:None
Referral:Satellite mapping of active fire locations
Terms of Use:Please credit NOAA
Keywords:Fire Analysis, AVHRR, GOES-13, MODIS, AQUA, TERRA, 2012.08.16
 

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